northwest passage

by matthew barlow & andy loebs

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    High-bias c45 with full color, double-sided j card and labels. Home dubbed, one tape at a time in real time.


    "Northwest Passage" is a collaboration between sound artist Matthew Barlow and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Loebs - both from Asheville, NC.

    Not quite sure what to expect, Matt & Andy got together and recorded several improvised sessions together. There were no directions, no plans - they simply setup and started playing. After the initial sessions were recorded, Barlow went back and processed the sessions, arranging them into the final version you hear now.

    The album is a journey through sound & texture, emotion & imagination, dreams & visions. Explore "Northwest Passage" for yourself and discover it's horizons.

    Matthew Barlow: guitar, tape manipulation, sound processing
    Andy Loebs: drums, guitar, tape manipulation

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"Exploratory atmospherics from Matthew Barlow and Andy Loebs, with Northwest Passage on Twin Springs Tapes. Glitched vocals, cavernous ambience, manic drumming and riffage, a single improvisational experience twisted and reformed in post production into a sort of reborn tape scene post rock. From soft reverberating percussion, to meandering schizophrenic strings, and melancholic folksy guitar, the album length c-45 is an expansive and evolving journey. This stuff feels poured over enough to mean something, but spontaneous enough to be still be alive. I was transfixed by the track Wounds And Scars, which combines a sort of ambient heaviness of thick sound walls and an absolutely broken up drum kit being played to death. Kind of sounds like all the deliciously strange interludes from Bowie's Outside spliced together and played on a quadraphonic stereo in the dark at 3am. And by the way, just what is in the water in North Carolina that could be causing such a prolific output of experimental music of late?" - guidemelittletape.blogspot.com

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released April 16, 2013

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